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Levi's LEED Platinum

Levi’s Facility Is World’s Largest LEED Platinum Warehouse

A Levi Strauss & Co.’s distribution center has achieved the highest level of LEED green building certification, making it the world’s largest warehouse/distribution center to achieve LEED Platinum, the company says in a blog post. Levi’s says green building features used at the Sky Harbor distribution center in Henderson, Nevada, … Read more »

LV recycling center

‘Largest, Smartest’ Residential Recycling Center Opens

Republic Services has opened a new residential recycling center capable of processing 2 million pounds of recyclable material per day, or 70 tons per hour, and is expected to double recycling capacity in the southern Nevada area. The Southern Nevada Recycling Center uses several advanced recycling technologies, including five optical … Read more »

braid of the Snake River

EPA Can Enforce Clean Water Rule in States That Didn’t Sue, Judge Says

A judge’s ruling that blocked the Clean Water Rule from taking effect late last month only applies to the 13 states that sued to stop the rule — not nationwide. A federal judge in North Dakota clarified the injunction he issued at the request of North Dakota and 12 other … Read more »

braid of the Snake River

Judge Blocks Clean Water Rule

A federal judge in North Dakota blocked the Clean Water Rule from taking effect Friday in 13 states. The rule, authored by the EPA and the Army Corps of Engineers expands the reach of the Clean Water Act to protect US streams and wetlands from pollution. While the EPA says … Read more »

AquaMetals

$30M Battery Recycling Plant Breaks Ground Next to Tesla’s Factory

AquaMetals has broken ground a $30-million battery recycling plant in Nevada, where Tesla Motors is building its electric battery factory. The plant will be the world’s first large-scale lead recycling facility that does not require a traditional smelter to reprocess lead batteries. It instead uses a water-based process, which the … Read more »

Freightliner Inspiration

First Autonomous Big Rig Licensed to Drive

Nevada has licensed the first autonomous commercial truck to operate on an open public highway in the US. Developed by engineers at Daimler Trucks North America, the Freightliner Inspiration Truck will help the trucking industry reduce accidents, improve fuel consumption, cut highway congestion, and safeguard the environment, the automaker says. … Read more »

Sage Opens IT Repurposing Center in Reno

Sage Sustainable Electronics is opening a repurposing center in Reno, Nevada. The company works with businesses when they retire technology, transitioning the used electronics for further use while keeping confidential information safe. It says the new facility complements Sage’s flagship repurposing center in Columbus that opened in early January. The … Read more »

Mars manufacturing facility

Mars Manufacturing Facilities Landfill-Free

All 10 of Mars Chocolate North America’s manufacturing facilities are now certified landfill-free. Mars has set a goal of zero-waste-to-landfill by 2015. Since establishing its waste target in 2007, Mars Chocolate North America has driven an overall reduction of about 4,500 metric tons of waste each year. To achieve this … Read more »

CCSD

Las Vegas School District Saves $12,500 per Day from Lighting Retrofit

The Clark County School District (CCSD) in Las Vegas – the fifth largest school district in the nation – retrofitted lighting at 152 of the older schools in its 357-school district and is reaping savings of $12,500 per day, based on the 180-day school year. Nevada’s primary utility NV Energy … Read more »

Intel Plants Recycle 60% of Water

Intel treats some 2 million gallons of industrial water a day at its plants in Chandler, Ariz., then returns the water to an underground aquifer, Bloomberg reports. The semiconductor maker, which is the city’s largest employer, recycles some 60 percent of its water. It’s also expanding the treatment facilities and … Read more »

indoor agriculture

Nevada Develops Indoor Agriculture Industry

Nevada is encouraging the development of indoor farming in the state, a low-water use sustainable agriculture practice that could help reduce the state’s dependence on unpredictable tourism spending. The sector is still small in the US and not one state has cornered the market, the Associated Press reports. Nevada hopes … Read more »

US Creates 38,600 New Cleantech Jobs in Q2

US Creates 38,600 New Cleantech Jobs in Q2

Clean energy and transportation projects launched across the US in the second quarter of 2013 have led to the creation of 38,600 new jobs in the sector, says a report by Environmental Entrepreneurs (E2). The number of jobs is slightly more for Q2 of 2013 than it was for the … Read more »